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The Sustainable Department Store

Blue Patch: Sustainable Department Store

The Blue Patch Collective is launching their ‘travelling’ Sustainable Department Store here at the Whitworth, 12-31 March, before heading off to feature in new locations around the country and returning to the Manchester Museum for the grand finale.

Blue Patch: Sustainable Department Store
Tuesday 12 March to Sunday 31 March 2019
Opening times: gallery opening hours

The Blue Patch store will showcase wonderful products made in Britain by forward-thinking entrepreneurs, revealing the processes behind the brands and enabling visitors to buy items rarely available in High St stores.

Pick up a box of plastic-free face glitter that’s perfect for festival season from Eco Stardust or colourful leather table mats made from by-products of the cricket ball industry, created by Spire Leather in Chesterfield. You could take home plump and cosy cushions by Manchester’s award winning textile designer-maker Lisa Watson and check out the newest offerings from recent Manchester graduate Eve Kekeh, founder of the circular economy baby clothing start-up, Bundlee.

Blue Patch is a social enterprise which embraces cooperative principles, making Manchester the perfect place to launch this regional tour of a movement led entirely by small businesses.

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‘If you thought that high street shopping had lost its edge, then you need to visit Blue Patch’s sustainable store at the Whitworth in March. It’s filled with gorgeous designer/ maker products that have the provenance, care and attention to detail that is missing from so many retail experiences today. At Blue Patch you can buy pieces that have been beautifully designed and crafted, meet the makers and hear their stories of how making products in the UK is alive and kicking.’
Oliver Heath, Interior Designer

Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in the field of sustainable architectural and interior design. With strong media and presentation skills, he has presented television programmes since 1998 working for numerous channels including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and Norway’s TV2, most recently for the BBC’s DIY SOS where his show was BAFTA nominated.

Image: Eve Kekeh, Bundlee Founder. Photo: In The Right Light Photography